News: Maino Admires Jay-Z & T.I.'s Rap Hustle, "All Them Were Consistent"

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010 11:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rapper Maino has shared his thoughts on the ever-changing status of the rap game and explained how artists like Jay-Z and T.I. have continued to reach new heights.

From the Brooklyn, New York rapper's perspective, consistency is the key to staying relevant in hip-hop.

"Everything is digital," he said in an interview this week. "You got the freedom to take four to five songs, get 'em cleared and throw it up on iTunes and get people to buy it. At the same time, you're creating the heat, generating the interest and go into your second album. That's the plan. Consistency is the key to success, in my eyes. You look at a lot of these great artists -- you look at T.I., you look at [Lil] Wayne, you look at Jay-Z -- all them were consistent...[My next album is] called The Day After Tomorrow. I never told it to nobody else. So it's an excusive. You got it right now. This summer, guaranteed." (MTV News)

Maino's debut album, If Tomorrow Comes... debuted in the Top 50 last year.

"Hi Hater" hitmaker Maino's long-awaited If Tomorrow Comes... album also debuted this week resting at No. 25. With a week under his belt, the Brooklyn, New York-bred emcee's debut has sold 18,300 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Speaking on "success," Maino pointed out the misconceptions with record sales shortly after his debut album sales were released.

"If it all ended today, I exceeded all expectations put on my life," he wrote via a blog entry. "For me to have lived the way I lived and make a career out of it to get to the point to be able to put out an album. It's hard just to get to that point. That's a success story in itself...We living in a time when records are not selling like they used. First and foremost, everybody looks at Jay Z, TI and Lil Wayne and say that's what they want. Everyone has to understand that Jay Z didn't blow up off his first album..he wasn't the Jay Z as we know him....neither was TI. All these people, put they work in...they dropped albums and they kept going and going and built they fanbase that way. Look at 2pac...look at most successful artists. What you don't get on the first keep growing, build your core and keep going. It's a marathon, not a sprint." (Global Grind)

In addition to music, Maino is also reportedly wrapping up his upcoming reality show.

"All I'mma say is I shot something and it'll be out in a few months," Maino told radio host Jenny Boom Boom. "I'm sneaky, I feel like a lot of people sleep on me and I like to sneak up on them and just hit them with stuff that just comes out of nowhere. So I don't like to just really put out my moves where they see me coming. I'm a thinker, so I try to strategize my moves and not really put them on blast because as long as a person is sleeping, he puts me at the advantage. [Expect a new album] very soon. Like I said, the movement is not stopping any time soon. As long as you keep playing them records, we're gonna keep grinding and we gonna keep making videos..." (Jenny Boom Boom TV)

Check out Rakim speaking with SOHH about Maino below:

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